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Province needs to act to curtail shark fin trade

Given the federal government's support for the shark finning business, it is time for B.C. to act to prevent shark fins from entering the continent via its west coast, as California, Oregon, and Washington states have done.

NOAA’s Fisheries Service seeks comments on proposal to list scalloped hammerhead sharks under Endangered Species Act

NOAA’s Fisheries Service, in response to a petition submitted by the WildEarth Guardians and Friends of Animals is proposing to list four populations of scalloped hammerhead sharks under the Endangered Species Act, two as threatened and two as endangered.

Glowing like a tiny alien, baby shark swishes its fin inside egg that came from ‘infertile’ mother

A shark kept alone while her tank was refurbished has amazed keepers – by laying an egg with a tiny baby inside.

MP Weston explains opposition to Fin Donnelly's shark bill

In response to Michele Davies' March 28 letter, Ask Your MP to Vote for Bill Banning Shark Fin Import, regarding Bill C-380, I congratulate Fin Donnelly for raising awareness of an important issue in the sustainability of fisheries.

In Pictures: Astonishing images of a great white shark jumping out of the ocean to snatch a snack

A SOUTH African photographer has captured a series of dramatic pictures showing a man-eating great white shark breaching the water to grab a Cape fur seal.

Great White Shark Migration And Mating Secrets Revealed

The great white shark has been a financial bonanza to the TV and movie industries, and yet we know very little about the real animal — until now.

Coast guard cracks down on illegal rare shark fishing

Coast guard officials in Taitung, eastern Taiwan reported Wednesday that a fishing boat has been found to have run counter to a ban on catching a rare shark species.

Shark-tooth sword is clue to two vanished species

There's no doubt that this bristling shark-tooth sword would have been an effective threat among the 19th century coconut-armour-clad inhabitants of the Gilbert Islands. But its grisly past impaling enemies and being paraded in rituals has given way to a new role as a clue to two vanished shark species.

Kenya: Ecologists Oppose Kenya Whale Shark Plan

Kenya authorities have been urged to halt a German underwater cameraman's plan to capture whale sharks so tourists can dive with them.

`Shark whisperer' works to save endangered species

Ocean Ramsey is a 27-year-old model and scuba instructor who is known for risking her life diving along with white sharks, the largest marine predators, in an effort to preserve this species.

Sold for meat, manta ray seized in Pasil fish market

Blame it on a high demand for non-meat dishes on Holy Week and illegal hunters. A 60-kilo manta ray was confiscated yesterday from a stall in Pasil market in barangay Suba, Cebu City.

Tory MPs defeat NDP bill to ban shark fin imports

Conservative MPs have narrowly defeated a B.C. New Democratic Party MP's bill calling for a ban on importing shark fins.

Sharks Are the New Whales

They’ve had similar enemies, life histories, and PR problems.

Sharks At Risk of Extinction

Current overfishing of sharks is putting the creatures at risk of extinction, a new study finds.

Ottawa promises wider shark fin ban

The Harper government, in an apparent nod to public concern over the "barbaric" shark-finning industry, said Monday it will consider regulatory changes to block the importation of fins from countries that permit cruel shark hunt practices.

In Twist, Fake Medicine Could Save Rare Animals

Fake and diluted ingredients, including herbs and animal parts, are increasingly finding their way into traditional Chinese medicines.

Md. House Approves Shark Fin Ban

A measure banning the trade of shark fins in Maryland has cleared the House of Delegates.

Australia’s shark tourism leads way in science and conservation

AUSTRALIA is leading the world in regulating shark based tourism according to new research.

Group calls for shark fin ban

A group of young eco-activists at Walter Murray Collegiate have declared war on shark fin soup, and are now pushing the city to ban the sale of the Chinese delicacy in Saskatoon.

Bali urged to ban shark fishing, build sanctuary

The Bali administration should strongly consider implementing a regulation to create a shark sanctuary in Bali and outlaw the capture or killing of sharks in the island’s waters.

Learn how to identify various sharks seen off Treasure Coast

We see a lot of sharks in the water this time of year — spinners, blacktips, bulls, sandbar sharks — but what’s the difference?

To Catch (and Release) a Predator With Rachel Graham

Rachel Graham may be the shark's fiercest protector – an Oxford-educated biologist who isn't afraid to wrestle a bull shark into submission or face off with Guatemalan fishermen to learn more about the Earth's most mysterious creatures.

Shark decline prompts action

An international body that restricts the trade of endangered plants and animals added three types of hammerhead sharks to its list of protected species last week.

Govt plans shark, manta ray hunting ban

The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry is considering a plan to issue a decree banning shark and manta ray hunting, after a provincial administration in West Papua issued such a regulation to conserve the sea creatures.

Rethink on shark appetites

GREAT white sharks have much larger appetites than previously thought, a Tasmanian-led study has found.

Small Win for Big Fish: Convention Moves to Protect Sharks

Each year around 100 million sharks are killed for their fins. The sharks are often pulled from the water, their fins are sliced off and they are thrown back in to drown.

Was CITES COP16 a game-changer for online outreach at wildlife management meetings?

As 16th Conference of the Parties of the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES COP16, pronounced sight-eze) comes to a close, I’d like to reflect on something that made this meeting unlike almost any other wildlife conservation and management meeting in history.

Heavy metal shark meat: dangerous lead levels found in sharks used as fish food

A recent study published in’s open access journal Tropical Conservation Science raises concerns about levels of heavy metals, particularly lead (Pb), present in shark meat, as well as the decline of shark abundance due to global fishing pressures.

Shark protection gets more jaws

In what can be called a giant leap to protect sharks in the Gulf waters, five new shark species were added to a category, which are banned from being traded internationally, at the 16th Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Pact takes fresh bite of HK's shark fin sales

A CONSERVATION victory restricting global trade in more shark species will take a fresh bite of Hong Kong's market in fins, which has already been hit hard by persistent attacks from anti-fin campaigners.

Shark research at the sharp end

A researcher embarking on the country's biggest shark-tagging exercise says New Zealand is lacking scientific data about its rapidly declining shark populations.

Oceanic whitetip shark fishing banned

As part of the last meeting of the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites), held this week in Bangkok (Thailand), the national government banned fishing for oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) in Brazilian waters.

Victory for Sharks: Government of Raja Ampat Declares the first Shark and Manta Ray Sanctuary in Indonesia and the Coral Triangle

The Regency Government of Raja Ampat affirmed its strong commitment to protect sharks and manta rays this week by officially declaring its 46,000km2 marine waters a shark and manta ray sanctuary, the first established in Indonesia as well as the Coral Triangle, a Pacific region which includes the tropical waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste.

Black Sea shark population endangered

Shark population of the Mediterranean and Black Sea is critically endangered as it has dramatically dropped over the last two centuries, say a UN report published Thursday.

Japan fails to overturn shark-protection deal

Japan and other pro-shark fishing nations lost a bid to overturn a landmark deal to offer international trade protection for several species of the ocean’s oldest predator.

Shark Allegedly Dies on the Set of Kmart Commercial

Green group PETA now claims that, according to information leaked by several whistleblowers, a white-tipped shark has recently passed away while on the set of a Kmart commercial.

Sharkfin ban hits struggling tsunami town, Kesennuma

AN INTERNATIONAL agreement to protect sharks could spell trouble for one tsunami-wrecked port in Japan which is still struggling after the deluge.

Rare shark gives birth

A species of shark with one of the lowest reproduction rates gave birth to a female pup at uShaka Marine World in Durban on Saturday.

Good News on the Shark Front

At a meeting on the world wildlife trade in Bangkok this week, delegates voted to impose strict rules to keep five species of sharks and two types of manta rays from being fished to extinction. This is excellent news.

Eel Migration Study Reveals Porbeagle Shark Predation in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

A tagging study has revealed that porbeagle sharks in the Gulf of St. Lawrence could severely impact the number of migrating American eels in the region.

Killing 100 million sharks annually is unjustifiable: U of W researcher

An estimated 100 million sharks a year are killed, mostly for shark fin soup, says a University of Windsor shark researcher.

No Species Is Safe From Burgeoning Wildlife Trade

A giant inflatable manta hovered over attendants at an event on the sidelines of a major international convention on wildlife trade in Bangkok last week.

Locals, biologists face off over Philippine whale shark feeding

Tan-awan, in the southern Philippines island of Cebu, used to be a sleepy village that never saw tourists unless they were lost or in transit.

Sharks Have Social Networks, Learn From Friends

Lemon sharks are able to make and maintain social networks, despite the lack of Facebook and Twitter—and learn from their interactions, according to recent research.

In Asia, tide slowly turning against shark fin soup

More auspicious than delicious, shark fin is rubbery in both taste and texture. While its flavor is muted, a bowl of shark fin soup says plenty in traditional Chinese culture: The hosts have money and they’re generous enough to spread it around.

Cites meeting votes to protect Oceanic whitetip shark

Delegates at the Cites conservation meeting in Thailand's capital, Bangkok, have voted to extend the protection to a threatened species of shark.

Decision Looms on Trade Status of 5 Shark Species

Delegates at a major international meeting on wildlife trade voted on Monday to add several shark species to a list of plants and animals whose international trade is regulated.

From shark dodger to defender

Once petrified at the thought of a deep-sea encounter with a shark, free-dive champion Pierre Frolla now travels the world to swim with these predators, describing them as majestic and much-maligned.

'Historic' day for shark protection

Three types of critically endangered but commercially valuable shark have been given added protection at the Cites meeting in Bangkok.

Five shark species win protection against finning trade

Cites summit votes for strictly controlled permits to export fins of oceanic whitetip, porbeagle and three species of hammerhead